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I would argue, taking a note from John von Neumman, that quantitative finance lacks rigorous underpinnings. Von Neumann warned in 1953 that many things that look like proofs in economics and finance depended on problems that were yet to be solved in mathematics, and where economists were assuming solutions into existence. As the problems were solved in math,...


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Hah! There is no such thing as the “rigorous mathematical underpinning” of high frequency trading - because HFT, like all trading, is not primarily a mathematical endeavour. It’s true that many people who work in HFT have a mathematical background, but that’s because the tools of applied math and statistics are useful when analysing the large amounts of ...


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You can choose an empirical issue. Given the short period available to complete your Master Thesis, introducing a new pricing method and do something never done before is quite challenging. However you can use your knowledge to examine an empirical issue. For instance, the hedging efficiency for a certain product, the connection of credit risk with firm ...


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